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Winter holidays

Winter Holidays in Switzerland

The spectacular mountains that cut a swath across picturesque Switzerland make the country one of the world's greatest destinations for winter sports. Breathtakingly stunning are these jagged peaks and home to renowned winter wonderland resorts offering a diverse range of activities for all interests and abilities: from snowshoeing and sledding to more traditional skiing and snowboarding, as well as the simple chance to rest and relax in a cosy winter chalet and enjoy the picturesque snowscapes. A winter holiday in the Swiss Alps has an alluring appeal makes it impossible to resist.

 When it comes to lovely winter breaks in Switzerland, you really are spoilt for choice: exquistite Guarda is a enchanting setting for snowshoeing and winter walking adventures, while a multi-activity winter break in Kandersteg gives you chance to try your hand at all sorts of enjoyable winter activities and of course it’s no secret that some of the world’s finest downhill skiing and snowboarding is waiting for you in this tiny mountainous country.

Alternatively, for more leisurely options, a trip on one of Switzerland’s infamous trains, such as the Bernina Express or Glacier Express or all the way up to Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest railway station, are all unforgettable journeys to see the country’s breathtaking Alpine landscapes during the winter.

Featured below are some of the best winter holidays in Switzerland, all of which you can reach by train. Use our journey planner for details on how to travel from the UK to Switzerland without flying. 

Cross country skiing

Skiing in Switzerland, Castle Hotel, Blitzingen

Choose this truly hospitable and tranquil 4-star hotel to enjoy Switzerland’s best cross-country and downhill skiing, in a tranquil valley offering something for all levels. Fully catered, perfect for families.

From £1285pp (including rail) based on two people sharing

6 days/7 nights
Various departures from December-March
Sweet chalet style hotel

Cross country skiing in Kandersteg

Semi-guided cross country ski week aimed at beginners and those wanting to improve. Breathtaking scenery - the Matterhorn, Dents du Midi, Mont Blanc - with beautifully groomed trails (direct from hotel) linking postcard-pretty villages.

Tour only from £979. Quote GT1234 when you book and receive a free bottle of champagne per booking!

8 Days
Departs Sundays from Dec to March
Downhill skiing above the chalets

Skiing in Switzerland, Hotel Edelweiss, Engelberg

Engelberg offers excellent pistes – and delightful cross-country trails – but what really makes the place is its refreshingly laid-back atmosphere – this is the quiet side of skiing. The 3-star Edelweiss is every bit as relaxed as the village.

From £1055pp (including rail) based on two people sharing

6 days/7 nights
Various departures from December April
Cross-country skiiing in Sils

Skiing & Winter Walking, Sils, Switzerland

Nestled in the western end of Switzerland's Engadine Valley, the atmospheric village of Sils offers the perfect winter wonderland in which to enjoy cross-country and downhill skiing, winter walking and picturesque rail journeys.

From £1295 per person (inc flights) for 7 nights, based on two people sharing

7 nights, 8 days or 10 nights, 11 days (min. stay may apply)
Various departures from December to March